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Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the finished dish. I served it over spaghetti noodles, you could use any type of pasta here, regular or whole wheat of course. This really has a special depth of flavor, it is so very good. I think I will add this to my list of dishes, good enough to entertain with! Chop your onion small y’all :), just to be sure you end up with completely softened cooked onions in your finished dish. 4-6 cloves of garlic is perfect, I left them whole you can certainly chop them if you prefer. Fresh is best in my book, but dried herbs work just fine. I’m lucky in that in my neck of the woods (So. Cal.) rosemary bushes grow like crazy. Here is the mix ready to cook… After searching the web for an authentic chicken cacciatore recipe I opted to follow Ms. DeLaurentiis lead for the most part, except, my version is made in the crockpot. I adlibbed on a few things. I also took a few ideas from Saveur, one of my …

Crockpot Shredded Carnitas 

I had about 4 pounds of pork to use up so carnitas it is. Making them in the crockpot is way easy. Gathering my ingredients Beggining to sear the pork Into the crockpot it goes All done Let the shredding begin Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola 4 pounds seared pork (I used boneless sirloin here) half an onion, sliced I jalapeño, halved 2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp crushed oregano 1/4 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp pepper 1 cup orange juice Process… 1. In a crockpot place the onions, seared pork (see note below), and seasonings. 2. Pour the orange in. 3. Cook on high covered  in crockpot for 6 hours. 4. Shred when cool. I like to to add some of the cooking juice back in. 5. At the point you can separate the pork into meal portions and freeze. (to sear the pork heat a pan to high with 2 tablespoons oil (canola is best), place the pork in the pan and brown the meat on both sides. …

Tamales 101

Well it’s that time of year, I woke up early this morning to get my batch of goodness done. Tamales at Christmastime are a tradition in my family. I can remember my paternal grandmother making them with my mom every Christmas season when I was child. My mom continued the tradition… now all 7 of my siblings try to carry on this holiday family tradition. In years past I’ve turned my tamales making into an event of sorts, inviting my daughters, cousins and grandkids to join the fun. I planned Christmas crafts for the littles and breakfast time treats for all. I would recommend doing this as a way of ringing in the holidays with loved ones and cooking ahead, if you have the time. Cooked tamales actually freeze very well. Today I have been lucky enough to have my mother in law’s influence in the tamale-making department and that’s a very good thing! I believe hers are thee best. Her masa (the outer shell of the tamale) is always spot on. The thickness of …

Simply Cauliflower Mash

I decided to go here again. Why? Because this recipe is Simply that simple. If you’re trying to get your kids or grandkids to eat more vegi’s this is a great thing to start with.  The last recipe I gave you (for cauliflower mashers) had more of an Atkins spin, with heavy cream and all. These are just so good no cream or extra butter needed!  Get those florets started Cook them up Let the blending begin  Nice and smooth  Make consistently yours, add less or more broth depending on your preference.  Don’t forget that butter! Decadence in moderation, it’s a very good thing.  Oh yum! And here you go…  1 head trimmed cauliflower, chopped into florets 1 tsp salt for cooking cauliflower  1 tsp garlic powder for cooking cauliflower 1 tablespoon salted butter 1/2 cup or so cauliflower broth (cooking liquid)  4 oven roasted garlic cloves  1/2 to 1 tsp additional salt  In a med size pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil  Add to the water 1 tsp salt and 1 …

My Momma’s Galletas, A Savory Snack 

These are a savory fold over snack. I still don’t know why my mom called them galletas, from what I understand galleta is Spanish for cookie. Well, a sweet treat they are not. Savory, flaky and delish, they definitely are! Growing up these were always a very welcomed treat. My mom made them from time to time. Honestly, looking back, I think she whipped these up when the choices were slim when trying to provide us with a snack, it was during these times that the household food supply was low and money was too, I’m sure. Coming from a family of 8 children, I still don’t know how my parents did it. I am so thankful that both my parents created many a good memory for us, many of which are centered around good food. How blessed are we. Today, on my mother’s 81st heavenly birthday I recreated one of my most favorite good foods… well, this time I made them for you Momma. I love you! I’m ready to roll… literally Gather your …